April Fools Day Tallahassee Wedding!

April Fools Day Tallahassee Wedding!


It wasn’t a joke! Stephanie and Christopher were married on April 1, 2016 in Tallahassee! I worked with Stephanie for a long time putting all the details together. She wanted a sweet and simple wedding ceremony setup. Stephanie and Christopher have 3 children and wanted to have their kids involved in the ceremony and invite a few guests. I put together a sweet and simple Tallahassee wedding ceremony package which included, 20 chairs, ceremony officiant, photographer (Lance Oliver), and ceremony decoration.

The plan was to have the ceremony at Lafayette Heritage Trail Park but the weather was not looking good so we made a quick change. I found a big gazebo in the Camelot neighborhood in Tallahassee. It easily fit 20 chairs and the decorations. Stephanie was very pleased with this alternative location.

Large gazebo for wedding in Tallahassee

Large gazebo used for Stephanie and Christopher’s April Fools Day Tallahassee wedding

On the wedding day, I arrived to the gazebo early. I setup decorations and chairs. Guests began to arrive. Stephanie wore a pretty dress and Christopher had a suite with a red tie. Their little girls wore red dresses.

Gazebo all decorated and setup for wedding ceremony.

Gazebo all decorated and setup for April Fools Day Tallahassee wedding ceremony.

I officiated their ceremony which include a unity chocolate ceremony where they shared chocolate with each other and a love wine box ceremony. They also gave their girls a ring prior to exchanging their own rings. It was very nice way to symbolize the joining of their family.

Unity chocolate sharing and love wine box ceremony setup

Rings for bride and groom and for their 3 daughters. Unity chocolate sharing and love wine box ceremony setup.

After the ceremony group pictures were taken and celebration began! Everyone was happy– no joke!!!

Congratulations, Stephanie and Christopher!!

Congratulations, Stephanie and Christopher!!

Ashley and Seth’s Wedding at The Retreat at Bradley’s Pond in Tallahassee

Ashley and Seth’s Wedding at The Retreat at Bradley’s Pond in Tallahassee


October 18th was a crazy day in Tallahassee because the Florida State Seminoles were playing Notre Dame in Tallahassee. For those of you that know what it’s like to live in a college football town you know this is a BIG deal. So about a month and half before October 18, 2014, I got a message from Ashley asking if there’s ANY WAY I would officiate her October 18th wedding at The Retreat at Bradley’s Pond in Tallahassee, FL. The person she originally had asked to officiate her wedding just backed out on her so she was really hoping I would help her out. Fortunately, I was available and I don’t really like football so I was more than happy to officiate their wedding!

Ashley and Seth had wonderful wedding vendors working with them to create a beautiful wedding day. Nate Long with Amplify Entertainment was their DJ, Kate with A Piece of Cake Event Planning was their wedding planner, Piggy’s BBQ was the caterer, and Tallahassee Photo Booth.

Ashley and Seth hired me to serve as their rehearsal director so the day before the wedding I met everyone out at The Retreat at Bradley’s Pond. It was a great rehearsal because Kate (their wedding planner) and I were able to work together to show everyone where and when to walk. We practiced a couple of times and everyone was ready.

On Ashley and Seth’s wedding day the weather was awesome!! The sun was shinning and there was low humidity. Ashley looked beautiful!! Her father walked her down the isle and she wore her veil over her face. They the isle was lined with shepherds hooks and hanging mason chairs filled with flowers. Ashley was very smart and after the ceremony Kate took all the flowers from the outside mason jars and brought them inside to use for the table centerpiece flowers! What a great idea!! Ashley and Seth were a super fun and easy going couple. Their love for each was so apparent and I wish them all the happiness!!


Me with Ashley and Seth at their wedding at The Retreat at Bradley’s Pond in Tallahassee


What a perfect day for a wedding at The Retreat at Bradley’s Pond in Tallahassee